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    5 Greatest Captains Ever

    I'm sure this has been done here before...but heck that has never stopped anyone! I'm interested to read people's views on the five greatest cricket captains ever. I am not separating Test and ODI's, but you can go that route if you want. My list consists of only those that I have seen. Therefore, many of the old greats are obviously missing. I think CW has some great students of the games and therefore I'm sure I will learn a lot from the lists you all put up! Well here we go:

    (1) Clive Lloyd: Led the invincibles and his record speaks for itself.
    (2) Mark Taylor: I was not sure whether Border deserved this spot or Taylor. Border may have laid the foundation, but Taylor started the current Australian dynasty.
    (3) Imran Khan: A great leader of men. His overall record may not compare well with others, but I think it is remarkable what he achieved with Pakistan. He led a traditionally dysfunctional unit to World Cup glory, and his teams back in the day were the only ones giving trouble to the West Indies dynasties.
    (4) Steve Waugh: Again, perhaps reaped the rewards of his predecessor, but his contribution can't be ignored. Truly cemented Australia's dominance over the world. I was always a fan of his steely resolve.
    (5) Sourav Ganguly: Yes him. Ignore the recent soap opera that surrounds him and focus on his record. IMO, he's the greatest Indian captain ever. Led India to its first victory in Pakistan. Much like Imran in the 70's, his team was having respectable battles with the Alpha Dog of the era.

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    from the time ive started watching cricket(1992---) id say Martin Crowe, Nasser Hussain, Steve Fleming, Mark Taylor and Hansie Cronje
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    This is entirely based on my time as well, which really only started early 1990s, say 93-94.
    1) Mark Taylor
    2) Hansie Cronje
    3) Stephen Fleming
    4) Allan Border
    5) Ricky Ponting












    5) Stephen Fleming
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    Taylor is the best I've ever seen, and by a significant margin as well. The guy was a tactical genius, and whatever you might say about Waugh's ability to lead men, Taylor rarely made an error on the field, and often came up with unusual ideas that worked perfectly.

    In my time watching cricket:
    Taylor
    Fleming
    Cronje
    Waugh
    Vaughan

    I actually rate Vaughan quite highly as a captain. Surprised I'm the onle one who has picked him so far. Hussein just misses out for me.

    All time it is hard to pick, but I'd say Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor and Imran Khan are definite picks. After that it gets more difficult.
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    Martin Crowe was better than Fleming IMO, just didn't have the same resources avaliable to him...

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    Clive Lloyd
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    All time is hard to call because for the majority of us we're reliant on the same source material, but I suppose Warwick Armstrong, Douglas Jardine (you may hate him, but he was resposnsible for arguably the biggest tactical masterstroke ever), Benaud & Brearley would have to be there or thereabouts.

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    Clearly Michael Brearley has to have been up there.
    But it's impossible to look past Jardine and Armstrong.
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    Bradman?

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    I simply cant look past the match fixing when it comes to Cronje.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    Bradman?
    His predecessor and successor were probably better leaders IMO. Certainly his predecessor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas
    I simply cant look past the match fixing when it comes to Cronje.
    Even though, before (and, indeed, after) it all he was clearly an outstanding captain?

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    In my opinion, a good captain has to lead from the front with his performances. Certainly tactical ability is a large part of captaincy, but the ability to bring a team together under you, and to perform yourself when most needed are very important as well. Brearley fails quite badly in the last category, so I don't think you could consider him for the top 5.

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    1 Clive LLoyd
    2 Alan Border
    3 Arjuna Ranatunga
    4 Steve Waugh
    5 Douglas Jardine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    This is entirely based on my time as well, which really only started early 1990s, say 93-94.
    1) Mark Taylor
    2) Hansie Cronje
    3) Stephen Fleming
    4) Allan Border
    5) Ricky Ponting












    5) Stephen Fleming
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